updated 12/29/2003 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/29/2003 AT 1:00 PM ET
SCHEDULED: Newlyweds Trista Rehn Sutter and Ryan Sutter, who recently wed on ABC’s “Bachelorette” special, will ride on the FTD float in this Thursday’s Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Calif., reports the New York Post. The couple’s connection to roses goes back to her having presented him one on the show, to show he was her chosen one.
SPENT: “Alias” star Jennifer Garner, 31, went home for Christmas, to Charleston, W.Va. “I spend all year waiting to come home,” Garner told a local TV outlet, WCHS in Charleston, reports the Associated Press. “I was raised by the community. I still feel very loved. It’s so comforting to be home. I feel like I could come home and sit in a hundred different laps and be taken care of,” she said, adding that this year she brought home a new companion: her 7-month-old Labrador retriever named Martha Stewart.
QUOTED: “I don’t believe in ‘em, funny enough. Because every time I make ‘em I always end up lying to myself and I break it,” – Kelly Clarkson, 21, on making New Year’s resolutions, to Launch.com
ADMITTED: British rocker Pete Townshend, 58, of The Who, says he contemplated suicide during the police inquiry in January into his use of child pornography. “If I had had a gun, I would have shot myself,” he told Britain’s Observer newspaper for its Sunday editions. “And if I had shot myself, it would have been awful, because it would have confirmed what everybody thought.” The guitarist was arrested as part of a crackdown on Internet child porn and was formally cautioned in May after a four-month investigation.
ARRESTED: New Orleans-based rapper Juvenile (real name: Terius Gray), known for his hit song “Back That Thang Up,” is facing an arrest warrant in Georgia on child abandonment charges, reports AP. Gwinnett County sheriff’s deputies say the multi-platinum artist has failed to provide financial support for a six-month-old daughter. Gray disputes his paternity. “To suggest he is a deadbeat dad couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Tim Fry, a lawyer for Gray, according to the AP.
CANCELLED: MSNBC announced on Christmas Eve it was canceling former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura’s new talk show after 12 episodes. High expenses and low ratings were to blame, says Variety. Ventura, 52, who also used to be a wrestler, will remain on the cable news network as a political commentator during the 2004 presidential race, said MSNBC president Erik Sorenson.